Best answer: The Surface Dock, connected with the proprietary Surface Connect port, will certainly work with the Surface Pro 6. The lack of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 on the Pro 6 means you can't use more modern docking stations, but you'll still get plenty of extra ports with the Surface Dock and it'll charge your Pro 6 while connected.

What ports do you get with the Surface Dock?

The Surface Dock has been around for a few years now, and its selection of ports is beginning to show its age. However, they're still perfectly functional; you get four USB-A 3.0, two Mini DisplayPort, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Ethernet for a wired connection.

While you're not going to get standard DisplayPort, HDMI, or USB-C, you can still connect a couple of external displays (one at 4K with 60Hz refresh rate, two 1440p at 60Hz, or two 4K at 30Hz) to create a grounded workstation when you don't have your Pro 6 out in public.

The Surface Dock connects with a proprietary Surface Connect port, leaving the USB-A port built into the Pro 6 free for connecting other devices straight to the tablet.

The Surface Dock charges your Surface Pro 6 while connected

The Surface Connect port is usually used to charge your Pro 6, but with a Surface Dock in the mix, that port is reserved. Luckily, the Dock — which requires a wall outlet for power — will charge your Pro 6 while connected. This means you probably won't have to worry about whether or not your device has enough battery to last through an excursion when you leave your workstation behind.

The Surface Dock's four USB-A 3.0 ports likewise offer 7.5W of charging power, so compatible accessories attached to the dock will also receive power and not go dead while you have everything connected.

A new Surface Dock might be coming soon

There are a ton of people who rely on the Surface Dock each day to set up a workstation for their Surface devices, but it is certainly showing its age. With many devices moving on to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, the port selection is going to need an update sometime soon.

Microsoft has recently released a selection of USB-C adapters, which makes us think that a completely new docking station isn't going to be revealed tomorrow, but it's hard to imagine that something isn't in the works.

The current first-gen Surface Dock costs about $128 — not a small chunk of change — and dropping that money only to have a new Dock release next year would certainly hurt. Still, if you need a dock for your Surface Pro 6 now, the original Surface Dock will effectively help you create a workstation.

Grab the Surface Dock to take advantage of your Surface Connect port

The Surface Dock provides your Surface Pro 6 with eight extra ports (while using the Surface Connect), allowing you to connect plenty of external accessories and up to two 4K displays at a 30Hz refresh rate. It might be starting to show its age, but it's still an effective tool for devices that don't have USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 capabilities.

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Microsoft Surface Dock

Add eight ports to your Surface Pro 6

The Surface Dock connects to your Pro 6 with the Surface Connect port and offers four extra USB-A 3.0, two Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Connect two external monitors, take advantage of faster wired internet, and charge your devices while in use.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Tablet or laptop, the choice is yours

The Surface Pro 6 comes with quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, improved thermals, and a new black color option. It also includes the proprietary Surface Connect port, which can be used to connect to a Surface Dock.

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